New design-led heritage boutique hotel to open in Singapore

21 Carpenter, a heritage boutique hotel, is slated to open its doors before the year ends. Nestled between the vibrant nightlife of Clarke Quay and the old-world charm of Chinatown, this centrally located property is developed by conservation specialists 8M Real Estate.

21 Carpenter has been brought to life through collaborative efforts involving local and international partners, renowned for their contributions to design, art and dining. Notably, the hotel showcases the architectural expertise of the award-winning firm WOHA in restoring the historic building. The hotel also proudly holds the distinction of being a member of Design Hotels, affiliated with Marriott Bonvoy.

Steeped in history and architectural significance, the 48-room development breathes a new lease of life into the former Remittance House, Chye Hua Seng Wee Kee, dating back to 1936. WOHA has seamlessly blended tradition and innovation while incorporating thoughtful design elements into the row of four heritage shophouses.

“In the creation and design of 21 Carpenter, we wanted to honor the rich history of the heritage structure. Every detail has been thoughtfully crafted, with key parts of the design reflecting the historic building’s aesthetics and storied past,” says Richard Hassell, founding director of WOHA.

21 Carpenter comprises two distinct wings: The Heritage Wing, featuring 26 rooms in the conserved building, and The Urban Wing, a contemporary five-story extension with an additional 22 rooms. The generously sized rooms range from 30 to 56 square meters, allowing ample space for a comfortable stay. The property also boasts a rooftop infinity pool and lounge offering breathtaking views across the city and Marina Bay, along with a garden terrace on the third level.

The hotel will feature an independent neo-bistro and bar, with Michelin-star chef Andrew Walsh at the helm as the culinary director. Located at the corner of Carpenter Street and New Bridge Road, the street-level neighborhood venue is poised to become a destination for the modern-day epicurean. The space is designed for one to linger longer and diners can expect elevated renditions of timeless classics in hearty portions.

In keeping with the brand’s core pillar of sustainability, 21 Carpenter has been meticulously restored using many of the original features of the building. Crafted for the contemporary luxury traveler, the property’s interior combines heritage and modern design, featuring commissioned art by renowned local artists, carefully curated by The Artling. Amenities and in-room touches will also embrace the talents of local creators, ensuring an authentic and immersive experience for the most discerning of travelers.

“As the only heritage hotel debuting in Singapore this year, 21 Carpenter is more than just a place to stay; it is a place to experience Singapore’s true history and past, while creating new stories for the future,” says Tarun Kalra, general manager of 21 Carpenter. “The team and I are excited to define hospitality through our thoughtfully considered service touches, offering guests an experience that encapsulates the very essence of our brand and its charm. During their time with us, we hope guests enjoy an immersive cultural experience that will leave a lasting impression.”